No working musician today seems less concerned about the changing landscape of rock and roll than Jack White. On June 10th the eclectic singer-songwriter will drop his sophomore solo album Lazaretto, yet another collection of fuck-you rock and Southern sensibility that we’ve come to expect since he and Meg burst onto the scene thirteen years ago with White Blood Cells. We’ve already gotten a taste of what’s to come with the ferociously gritty title track and the Icky Thump-esque instrumental “High Ball Stepper.” Bent on teasing us further, White just released yet another cut yesterday, a pounding down-home blues number called “Just One Drink.” It’s a country dancehall battle over fiddles and rhapsody piano pitting the former White Stripes frontman against a bevy of guest vocalists. “You drink water / I drink gasoline / One of us is happy / One of us is mean / I love you, but honey why don’t you love me?” Take a listen below!
While contemporaries like The Black Keys continue to veer off in a mainstream direction, Jack’s ever-expanding discography proves he doesn’t care about trends or bankability. He isn’t afraid to dish out a left-field guitar solo, rap a couple verses or throw in a fiddle or three. And from what we’ve heard off Lazaretto so far, it seems he isn’t changing that formula for anyone.
Spanning 11-tracks, the album will be released on Third Man Records in a variety of formats including an exclusive Ultra LP with two hidden tracks, alternate mixes, an etched hologram and other little Easter eggs. You can also catch Jack on tour to support Lazaretto starting May 29th in Tulsa and wrapping up at Canada’s Osheaga festival in August.